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Issue Date:- 16 June 2008

 Wesley Street Festival held to get the people back!

What Sefton Promised What they got!

BUSINESSES have been struggling ever since Wesley Street, in Southport, was closed to traffic, so traders gathered together to make themselves noticed a bit more... On Saturday, 14 June 2008, the street held a festival and promised the best of Independent Shopping in Southport. Starting at 10am, the event lasted well into the evening with live bands, outside Wesley Music Shop, Street Art, thanks to the Christian Book Shop, Graham Eyes put on a fantastic BBQ, Chesterís made lunch time a bit more snappy serving up alligator! Headquarters Hair Design did face painting, The Cherry Tree Toy Shop entertained the kids with games on the street. The Volunteer did a wine tasting and a Tombola. Kelly's put out flags and other items. Freshfield Animal Rescue also joined in the fun offering nibbles to customers. Vitalise entertained people outside, Second Glance Event Decorators put up a fantastic balloon display. One of the main organisers, from Saratoga Antiques, told us that:- "This day bought a lot of people down here, but it was always busy here until Waitrose closed and this half finished pedestrianisation took place. As we can no longer have cars down our street, businesses are suffering. If Sefton can clean up and finish what they started, we might be able to make more events like this happen. Also, we would not suffer from people ignoring the businesses in this road, if they didnít get put off by the state it is now in. We have a friendly and unusual street, and all of us are independent shops, with the odd charity shop, so we can offer a warm friendly and traditional approach to shopping. Often you find things here you cannot find in any of the major shops in town, or even in Liverpool! We would like Sefton to give all the businesses a chance by finishing the job of pedestrianisation of the road and tiding it up. The design we were all shown is fantastic, but each time we ask when will it be done, we never  get an answer. This half-pedestrianising cum semi-road closure is killing our businesses.  Please now completely pedestrianise it. Do not leave us hanging!" As normal, we will let the pictures tell the rest. A photo tells you a thousand times more than words can.

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